While driving home last night I stumbled across Fox News (it’s on SiriusXM) just as Megyn Kelly was introducing Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter. I stayed, expecting to be disgusted by a softball interview. Instead Kelly came out strong.
In your op-ed, you write as follows: ‘Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.’ But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well, sir. You said there were no doubts that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005. And you said after our intervention, extremists would have to “rethink their strategy of jihad.” Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many? – h/t to RealClearPolitics for the transcript
I was stunned. This was Fox News. Why wasn’t Cheney getting a gentle massage and grape leaves?
When I got home I tweeted:
.@megynkelly Expected puff interview w/Cheneys. I was wrong. I am very liberal but thought you were tough but fair. Hard won compliment.
What I didn’t expect was Kelly to retweet it to her 695,000 followers! It was her only post interview viewer acknowledgment. My tweet was retweeted dozens on times and favorited even more.
I don’t mean to be a darling of the right, nor should my comment be taken to mean Fox News is actually “Fair and Balanced.” However, what Megyn Kelly did last night was what journalists are supposed to do, hold truth to power.
Too many people are willing to dismiss good work purely because it comes from someone with whom they disagree. I won’t do that.